Visiting Speakers

Anna Akasoy

Professor
Graduate Center | Hunter College

Anna Akasoy is professor of Islamic intellectual history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She teaches classes on Islamic intellectual history and the history, literature and culture of the Islamic world. Her research interests include the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the relationship between mysticism and philosophy, as well as contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. Her current research projects include a study of the religious dimension of Alexander the Great in the Islamic tradition within the larger context of the classical heritage of the Middle East and Asia.

Elias Alcantara

Senior Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
The White House

Elias Alcantara serves as Senior Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as a liaison for local officials across the country. Previously, he served as a U.S. Fellow for the Organization of American States and resided in Santiago, Chile for two years. While in Chile, he completed coursework for a Master of Arts in International Studies at the Universidad de Chile’s Institute of International Studies. Elias is a graduate of Lehman College of the City University of New York(CUNY) and is originally from the Bronx, New York.

Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the history and theory of modern architecture since the Enlightenment. 

David J. Alworth

Associate Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

Alworth's research interests include Twentieth-century American literature and culture, visual art, and social theory.

Paul Anderer

Mack Professor of Humanities; Professor of Japanese Literature
Columbia University

Paul Anderer holds degrees from Michigan (BA ’71), Chicago (MA ’72), and Yale (Ph.D. ’79). He joined the Columbia faculty in 1980. From 1989 until 1997, he was the chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has also served the University as Vice Provost for International Relations, as Associate Vice-President for Academic Planning and Global Initiatives in the Arts and Sciences, and as Acting Dean of the Graduate School. His writings include Other Worlds: Arishima Takeo and the Bounds of Modern Japanese Fiction (Columbia, 1984); and Literature of the Lost Home: Kobayashi Hideo-Literary Criticism, 1924-1939 (Stanford, 1995), along with numerous articles exploring the culture of the city (Tokyo) and Japanese modernity. His work has been awarded support from the NEH, the SSRC, and the Fulbright Commission. He teaches Japanese fiction, film, and cultural criticism in addition to Asian Humanities. Professor Anderer is currently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

David Art

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Tufts University

David Art is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tufts University. His field is comparative politics, with a regional focus on Europe. His research interests include extremist political parties and movements, the politics of history and memory, and comparative historical analysis in the social sciences. He is the author of Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, German Politics and Society, Party Politics, and West European Politics. David is Co-Convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research's (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy. During the 2008-2009 academic year he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. David holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Davarian Baldwin

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies
Trinity College

Davarian L. Baldwin is a historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience.

Weihong Bao

Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Weihong Bao, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006. Her teaching and research interests cover late nineteenth century visual and performance culture, Chinese language cinema of all periods and regions, historical screen and exhibition practice as well as transnational genre cinema, comparative media history and theory, and the intersection between film and media.